8 No. 3 - July 2000 - December 2000
Line - County Road 15 running between Waterloo and St Clements
in Waterloo, County, Ontario, Canada. Photo by William Querengesser
Joseph's Home - Joseph Lobsinger, patriarch of the Canadian Lobsinger
branch, built this stone home in 1856. It is located near Phillipsburg,
North Easthope Township, Perth County, Ontario, Canada, and currently
owned by Ron Wetlauffer. Photo by William Querengesser.
Leo Lawrence - Of RR 1, Mildmay, passed away, at South Bruce Grey
Health Centre, Walkerton, on Monday, June 19, 2000. He was 85.
Survived by his wife Eileen (Strauss); sons, Dr. Ron and his wife
Monica of RR 3, Walkerton, Allan and his wife Bernadette of RR
1, Mildmay, Brian and his wife Mary of Walkerton, Wayne and his
wife Marylou of RR 1, Mildmay; daughters, Doreen Cox of Walkerton,
Karen and her husband Bob Baetz of Petersburg, Mary Ann and her
husband Paul Wettlaufer of Ayton, Doris and her husband Lloyd
Grubb of RR 1, Mildmay, Brenda and her husband Bert Mullen of
RR 3, Mildmay.
survived by twenty- four grandchildren and one great-grandchild;
brothers, Edward and Frank, both of Walkerton and sister, Carol
Weiler of Hamilton. Predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Barbara
(Ruetz) Batte; brother, John and sister, Teresa (Mrs. Eugene)
Schnurr. Visitation at Tanner & Pearson Funeral Home, Walkerton,
today (Wednesday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
mass will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2000 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate
Conception Church, Formosa. Interment in Immaculate Conception
Cemetery, Formosa, Ont. Vigil prayers will be held on today (Wednesday,
June 21, 2000) at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by Knights
of Columbus rosary at 9 p.m. Memorial donations to the Canadian
Diabetes Association or Immaculate Conception Church, would be
appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Source: Kitchener-Waterloo
Record, Area Code: 519 (House of Peter)
David.At Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, on Tuesday, June
22, 1999, David Eric Michael Lobsinger of 83 Broadway, Tillsonburg,
in his 13th year.
in Tillsonburg, September 6 1986, much loved son and best friend
of Frank Lobsinger of Tillsonburg and Kim Lobsinger of Tillsonburg.
Loved brother and guardian angel of Amanda and Brent. Dear grandson
of Laurier and Verna Lobsinger of Kitchener, Harvey and Marie
Mitchell of Hanover and Harvey and Eleanor Riley of Kitchener.
Survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
was special. He made a very positive impression with everyone
he came into contact with. He will be missed by his many friends.
David was a Grade 6 student at Monsignor O'Neil School, Tillsonburg
(with Miss Lagoda as his teacher). David also had many friends
with the Tillsonburg Third (3rd) Scout Pack at St. Paul's Church
with Scout Master Maurice Goulet.
and relatives are invited to share memories with the family today
(Wednesday) from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral
Home. Mass of the Angels to be celebrated today (Wednesday) at
3 p.m. at St. Mary's RC Church, 51 Venison St. W., Tillsonburg,
by Rev. Father Michael Langan. Public prayers were held in the
Verhoeve Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Interment later
in Tillsonburg Cemetery.
donations to the Children's Wish Foundation, the Canadian Cancer
Society or the Children Can Support Foundation would be appreciated
by the family.
arrangements for David were entrusted with confidence to the Verhoeve
Funeral Home, 262 N. Broadway, Tillsonburg, (519)-842-4238. (House
"Jackie" Dee Doss, 65, of Pevely, Mo., died Jan. 25,
2000 in Crystal City. Mrs. Doss had been a homemaker. Born June
26, 1934, in Belleville, Ill., she was the daughter of Irene (Palmer)
Lobsinger of Arnold and the leate Leslie Lobsinger.
is survived by her husband of 48 years, Lawrence Doss of Pevely;
two daughters: Pam (Nicholas) Stonich of Waterloo, Ill.; and Angela
Yates of Pevely; four sons: Lawrence "Steve" (Candace)
Doss of Festus; Joseph (Caroline) Doss of Festus; Thomas Doss
of Viburnum, Mo.; and Edward W. (Jeannie) Doss of Arnold; four
sisters: Carol Lane of Arnold; Pat Leib of Vancouver, WA.; June
Carr of Granite City, Ill.; and Linda Atkins of Cahokia, Ill;
three brothers: Ronnie Lobsinger of Cahokia; Kenny Lobsinger of
South Haven, Miss.; and Donne Lobsinger of Belleville; 16 grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren.
was preceded in death by a son, Michael Doss. Funeral services
were Jan. 28, 2000 at Mahn Twin City Chapel, officiated by the
Rev. David Holman and the Rev. Jim Manning. Burial was in Rose
Lawn Memorial Gardens in Crystal City. Memorials may be made to
the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were under the direction
of Mahn Twin City Chapel. (House of Michel)
K. Atkins, nee Lobsinger, 53, of Cahokia, Ill., born May 30, 1947,
in St. Louis, Mo., died Monday, July 24, 2000 at Barnes-Jewish
Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Atkins was a member of the Maplewood Park Baptist Church, Cahokia,
Atkins was preceded in death by her father, eslie Lobsinger; and
a sister, Jacqueline Doss.
are her husband, Raymond Atkins; a son, Bryan (Mary) Atkins of
Cahokia, Ill., two daughters, Sheila (Daniel) Governal of Killeen,
Texas, and Renee Atkins of Cahokia, Ill; two granddaughters, Brittany
Atkins and Tara Governal; a grandson, Daniel Governal; her mother,
Irene, nee Palmer, Lobsinger of Arnold, Mo.; three brothers, Ronald
Lobsinger of Cahokia, Ill., Kenneth (Katie) Lobsinger of South
Haven, Miss., and Donald Lobsinger of Belleville, Ill.; three
sisters, Carol Lane of Arnold, Mo., June (Kenneth) Carr of Granite
City, Ill., and Patricia (Joseph) Lieb of Vancouver, Wash.; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the National
Services were held at 1 pm Thursday, July 27, 2000 at Pete Gaerdner
Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill. Burial was in Valhalla Gardens
of Memory, Belleville, Ill. (House of Michel)
Cyril - Passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family,
on August 6, 2000, at the age of 78. He was lovingly cared for
by his family after struggling with emphysema for many years.
was the most loved husband of Rita (Huber); proud father and father-
in-law of Ruth Ann and Bob Wilhelm, Allan and Leila, Glen, Greg
and Carol, John and Carol, Barb and John Zitars, Peter and Michele,
Chris and Lisa. He was loved and adored by his 14 grandchildren.
His parents, Anna Lobsinger and Herbert Schnarr; his brother,
Anthony Schnarr and his granddaughter, Emily Zitars are now with
him in heaven.
by his siblings, Sister Beatrice Schnarr, SJ, Gerald and Ruth
Schnarr, Rueben and Anne Schnarr, Laverne and Yvonne Schnarr.
Schnarr was a man of many talents. His proudest accomplishment
was his family. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
He was born and raised in St. Clements, Ont., where he was a mass
server for 16 years. He worked with his dad building barns in
the St. Clements area for five years and also served as a volunteer
firefighter. He enjoyed playing hockey in his spare time. He built
his own house in St. Clements and moved to Waterloo in 1959.
accomplishments include President of the Holy Name Society, President
of the Catholic Parent Teachers Association, Cub Scout Leader,
Hockey Coach, member of the Waterloo Horticultural Society, President
of the Parish Council, Chairman of the Property and Maintenance
Committee and active participant in the Refugee Committee at Our
Lady of Lourdes Church in Waterloo.
Schnarr worked at Dunker Construction for 18 years, at Barnett,
Rieder, Hymmen Architects for 11 years and at Walter, Fedy, McCargar,
Hachborn, Horton and Ball for 17 years.
his retirement, he worked on writing the genealogy for both himself
and his father. His hobbies included tending to his house plants,
his vegetable gardens, woodworking and
cheering for the Jays and the Leafs.
family expresses their deep appreciation to Father Edward Sheridan,
Father Robert Liddy CR, Dr. Robert Ballantyne and Dr. Mary Jackson,
the many sensitive and generous caregivers from the Community
Care Access Centre and the VON. Special thanks to all our friends
who supported our family so lovingly during this time.
at Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home , 621 King St. W., Kitchener Tuesday
7-9 p.m. and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today (Wednesday). Parish prayers
will be recited this evening (Wednesday) at 8:45 p.m. Funeral
Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes on Thursday at 11 a.m. Everyone is
invited to join Cyril's family in the parish hall following the
interment at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo. Donations may be made
to Our Lady of Lourdes Church or The Lung Association-Waterloo
Region. "Would that we could all accomplish half as much
in our lifetimes. His life has enriched us all". Source:
Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Area
Code: 519 Posted on: Wed. August 9, 2000
and Shanna Wilson announce the arrival of their daughter Cassidy
Shae Wilson on Tuesday, July 11, 2000. Cassidy weighed in at 9
lbs 8 oz. Grandparents are Sharon and John Wilson. (House of Louis)
Paul Lobsinger was born at 11:15PM on Oct 12 / 00. Weighted in
at 9 lbs 5 oz. Big Boy!!!! Craig Paul is the son of Paul and Sylvie
Lobsinger, grandson of Ronald and Jeannette (Ernest) Lobsinger,
and great grandson of Irwin and Ruth Lobsinger. (House of Louis)
Francisco Bay Area Lobsingers
Lobsinger Family - Family Portrait 2000. Top row: Raymond Julio
Lobsinger, Richard Alexander Lobsinger, Phillip Joseph Lobsinger
(Dad), Nicolas Allen Lobsinger, Christopher Anthony Lobsinger,
Phillip Anthony Lobsinger, Mike , Tamara A McDougal. Middle row:
Austin D Lobsingr, Ashley Lynn Lobsinger, Suzy (Mrs. Raymond J)
Lobsinger, Anna (Mrs. Richard A) Lobsinger, Aurelina Lobsinger
(Mom), Kirsten (Mrs. Phillip A) Lobsinger, Betty Ann (Lobsinger)
McDougal Paasch, Jessica Ann Paasch. Bottom row: Alexis M. Lobsinger,
Katie A. Lobsinger, Anastasia Marie Lobsinger . (House of Michel)
StockHouse News Desk
By Keri Korteling (firstname.lastname@example.org)
E. Lobsinger Heads Up Zi Corporation [ZICA], A Calgary, Alberta-Based
Maker Of Embedded Software Technologies
E. Lobsinger - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Zi Corporation.
Mr. Lobsinger has been Zi's chairman and chief executive officer
since 1993, when he acquired a control block in the company.
He has guided Zi through a number of industries, divesting of
companies that were not related to Zi's intended core business
and acquiring companies that were in similar spaces. In 1997,
Mr. Lobsinger focused Zi's business on the embedded space for
language input technology and Internet distance education and
has subsequently managed the growth of the company. Mr.
Lobsinger has sat on the board of directors for numerous public
and private companies. )
Corporation has suffered relative financial anonymity until the
beginning of this year. The company, which makes technology enabling
short messaging, email, e-commerce, and other applications for
the Internet and information appliances in many languages, has
not enjoyed nurture and publicity from a traditional investment
banking relationship. In an exclusive StockHouse interview, CEO
Michael Lobsinger explains that a new association with Lehman
Brothers will only add to the company's positive market reputation.
The company's intuitive language processing software is being
aggressively marketed to the exploding global wireless sector.
Contracts from Ericsson and Alcatel will positively affect the
bottom line, contributing to the bullish buzz heard about the
BC, February 29 /SHfn/ -- Zi Corporation [ZICA], a Calgary, Alberta-based
maker of embedded software technologies allowing ideographs and
other linguistic characters to be entered on traditional keyboards
or keypads, has rapidly increased its market capitalization during
the past 12 months. The company has moved from a 52-week low of
less than US$1 to a high of $40.88 February 7. In fact, it recorded
gains of more than 1000%, outpacing the performance of all major
North American indices in a very bullish year.
promise of royalty revenues, detailed in a series of news releases
trumpeting Zi's successes in China, has bolstered the market's
support of the company. Its efforts to move from research and
development operations toward a royalty-based revenue model have
occurred coincidentally with the Street's enthusiasm for the Chinese
market. The company's CEO, Michael Lobsinger, says, "All
of a sudden the market became aware of China, became aware of
the wireless application space, and found that we were a major
player in it."
asked how he will ensure Zi maintains its market momentum, Lobsinger
is sanguine, responding that he will continue to concentrate on
the process of building relationships, confident that the market
will look after the stock. The reply may sound cavalier, but Zi
has achieved its substantial stock valuation and staggering revenue
growth without the benefits of institutional banking support.
Prior to its January announcement that Zi had engaged investment
banker Lehman Brothers [LEH] to act as its exclusive financial
advisor, the company had raised all the capital it needed on its
own. Consequently, the firm had failed to register with many in
the financial establishment until the stock began to outperform
six years, Zi Corp has been working to develop its language enabling
technology. With the vision that any company could sell anything
to anyone in any language, the company first targeted the vast
market opportunity represented by China. According to Lobsinger,
"We concentrated on the Chinese market because that was the
largest market and the most difficult, and it was the market that
had no legacy of product." The technology, which is called
eZiTEXT, uses an 8-stroke set to recreate or intuitively construct
any one of the 50,000 or so ideographs in Zi's Chinese character
the end of this year, Zi will have software that allows users
to interact with e-mail, the Internet, pagers, mobile phones,
and interactive TV set-top boxes in 30 different languages."
Chinese version of eZiTEXT was the model for the legion of languages
that have followed. Using the same intuitive search engine structure,
which allows input keystrokes to build characters and search for
words, the company now boasts 17 languages including Japanese,
Korean, and 14 Romantic or European languages. Zi engineers are
currently at work on several other languages with unique character
sets or alphabets - Greek, Arabic, Hindi, and Tamil. By the end
of this year, Zi will have software that allows users to interact
with e-mail, the Internet, pagers, mobile phones, and interactive
TV set-top boxes in 30 different languages.
of the buzz heard about Zi during the past several months has
included mentions of the business' acceptance in China. On January
25, Zi announced it had received approval for its Chinese language
processing software from the State Language Commission in China.
After years of careful and friendly contact, Lobsinger is proud
to say, "We've got the relationship with the Ministry of
Education through the State Linguistic Commission. That's been
years to develop. We're the only company in the world - including
any Chinese company - that actually fits the code that's been
set down by the Chinese government for creation of characters."
are other companies with solutions to inputting Chinese characters
- hundreds of them according to Lobsinger. But, none of these
entities has attacked the marketplace with the same vigour as
Zi. In addition, many previous input systems were based on English
character input. The user had to know some English in order to
approximate the desired Chinese sound using the keyboard. After
extensive searching, one could locate the equivalent Chinese characters.
Chinese government recognition was a coup, but Zi's technology
has been lauded by two large European mobile phone makers, Alcatel
[ALA] and Ericsson [ERICY]. The fact these wireless heavyweights
chose to include the Zi product, supports the company's contention
that its products are the most intuitive language input systems
on offer. The arrangements with Alcatel and Ericsson provide a
solid foundation for the company's growth plans. "Growth
outside of China, or growth not specifically targeted to the Chinese
market is twofold. One is companies like Alcatel that have a global
operation and sell in different languages no matter what the product
is. The second one is Chinese OEMs."
says that Chinese original equipment manufacturers are anxious
to target foreign customers in addition to their own massive domestic
markets. Relationships with seven manufacturers in China enable
those OEMs to "compete globally with product in other languages."
Intelligence [CICI], which appears to be a competitor on the surface,
makes software for recognizing handwritten characters in Chinese,
Japanese, and Western European languages. The technology converts
handwriting into digital text, but has no facility for inputting
messages. CICI, trading at about $8 on the NASDAQ Small Cap market,
announced February 24 that it had joined a long list of companies
agreeing to work with the Symbian alliance. Zi announced February
15 that because of its engineering expertise with the Symbian
platform, Psion, and its preeminent position in Asia, it had been
selected for the Symbian Competence Center program.
the market did not react with enthusiasm to the Symbian announcement.
The four original Symbian partners - Ericsson, Nokia [NOK], Motorola
[MOT], and Panasonic - formed the venture to adopt a non-Microsoft
[MSFT] operating system that the owners could utilize to power
their wireless devices. Investors aren't yet aware of the Symbian
name as the venture is not yet a public company.
largest manufacturer of PCs in China, Legend, has called its newly
launched set-top box the Chinese Family Computer, after an idea
suggested by Zi took hold. "You have Zi technology embedded
on the handset that drives the set-top box, so that when you turn
on your television - and there's already 450 million of them -
you press menu and you get the Chinese menu and now you're using
[the eZiTEXT] 8 strokes on your handset just like you would on
the cell phone."
takes great pains to point out that Zi technology has the potential
to reach 50% of the world's population right now. He also thinks
that investment firms have not yet fully appreciated the potential
inherent in the company's education portal. On December 22, Zi
unveiled plans for its recently acquired subsidiary, Ozlearning.
The former Beijing Oz inked an agreement with the Continuing Education
Institute of the China Central Radio and Television University
(CRTVU). The CRTVU plans to make many of its courses available
online through the Ozlearning site, and to diminish its reliance
on television distribution.
will be, "The exclusive manager of the portal that is going
to manage the delivery of all the courses. We have an exclusive
management agreement in what I'll call the largest educational
portal probably in the world."
will be, "The exclusive manager of the portal that is going
to manage the delivery of all the courses. We have an exclusive
management agreement in what I'll call the largest educational
portal probably in the world," said Lobsinger. The eight-year
agreement will allow Zi to earn income from three different streams
- courseware, advertising and banner revenue, and database management
for the potential mammoth e-commerce applications. With 3.3 million
students and 11.75 million teachers who must upgrade their skills
every two years, Zi has potentially 15.05 million eyeballs.
company last reported quarterly results in November 1999. For
the three months ended September 30, 1999 - Zi's Q3 - revenues
were higher than the same period in the prior year by 112%. On
income of $772,881, the company recorded a loss of $0.03. The
increases reflected the first royalty payments from the arrangement
to put the Zi technology on all five platforms Ericsson sells
quarter results, due on March 15, are predicted by the CEO to
be greater than Q3 numbers, as the company is moving from its
development stage to a product sales phase. The revenue model
is identical in each contract Zi signs. "In every case we
have signed an agreement that is basically broken down into four.
There is an initial licensing fee. There is an implementation
fee, or a non-recurring engineering fee. There is a royalty on
every product. Then there is a maintenance and support fee. The
prime source of our revenue will be a royalty on every product."
With the growing acceptance of wireless, and with more languages
to offer potential clients, Lobsinger says that record growth
will continue into the year 2000.
stock is trading about 13% below its 52-week high on both sides
of the border, but may receive a boost if year-end numbers reflect
the positive growth Lobsinger expects. Investors may be further
heartened if Zi receives approval to jump from the NASDAQ Small
Cap Market to the National Market. The company made the application
to move to the National Market several months ago, and awaits
relationship with Lehman Brothers is a mutually beneficial one.
The private placement stewarded by the investment bank increased
institutional holdings of Zi stock in addition to raising $25
million. New stakeholders include the Ontario Teachers Pension
Fund, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, and Essex Capital. Zi's place
in the wireless market had enticed Lehman Brothers. "Lehman
wants to establish a relationship because we're in the space that
they're playing in. They have identified the WAP [wireless application
protocol] space. They have identified arenas like Bluetooth
and the convergence of all these technologies. And we are a player
in that game."
arrangement with Lehman provides for research coverage on Zi,
but the bank is still in the process of selecting the most appropriate
analyst. Meantime, Zi has some cash on hand, and is looking for
an acquisition that "will enhance our product offering."
With support from the establishment and a virtually unlimited
market that includes few competitors, the stock surely has further
to go. (House of Peter)
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